Tree Trail

Paper Birch

Betula papyrifera

    Notable about this species*

  • Also known as white birch and canoe birch.
  • The bark of the tree is a protective layer and should never be removed from a living tree.
  • The moderately hard and strong wood is used to make kitchenware and turned products such as dowels and toys.
  • In the past, the wood was used to make shoe pegs–used in the construction of shoes, as well as toothpicks, yarn spools, clothespins, paper roll plugs and plywood.

Map to this tree.

Coordinates: 44.873437, -68.634034

Additional Information


* Source: “Forest Trees of Maine”, Centennial Edition, 1908 to 2008, a publication of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry